MADAME X

 

Madame X heads one of the largest criminal syndicates in the country, aided and abetted by her trusty assistant Penelope.

 

Saturday Morning Sparkle

 

Not much has been revealed about Madame X and her history - but this tale depicts one of her early forages into larceny as a gang leader.

 

The Christmas Fairy

 

Not only one of my earliest tales, this is the one that introduced Madame X and Penelope to those who read my stories.  It combines a few things that were knocking around in my head Christmas 2007...

  

Slumber Surprise

 

When we need ready money, we go to an ATM or Cash Machine.  When Madame X needs money, she takes a slightly different approach...

 

Case X

 

Six women, four teams, and a plan only Madame X would consider executing.

 

The Seven Stages of Highly Effective Robbery

 

"Case X" was actually half of a two part story.  Here's the second half, as Madame X shares her thoguths on what is needed for a plan to work...

 

Prescription for Peril

 

This actually appeared previously as a "Multiple Maidens" tale, but it was written as a Madame X story, so it takes the correct place here.   When a Mafia Don falls ill and is under police protection, Madame X is asked as a favour to "liberate" him.

 

Moving Pictures

 

When a Z-grade Hollywood film maker releases a DVD with a storyline that matches the events of Case X, Madame X feels she personally has to come and deal with the gentleman in question.

 

Private Viewing

 

Madame X is a conniseur, and as such she enjoys collecting fine works of art.  Paying for them, well, that's another matter, as this gallery owner discovers.

 

Diamond Lights

 

Presenting the complete story of the search for the Reissman diamonds, and the way several characters get involved...  Reader be warned - this is a long story, and includes guest appearences from many of my other characters.

 

The Most Unusual of Ransoms

 

This was a question I posed when I ran the Yahoo group, and promised that at least for Madame X I would provide her answer.  The result was this tale...

 

A Reason To Give Thanks

 

As hinted at in the story "Audit", Madame X has uncovered the uncomfortable fact that she has been bankrolling, through one o fehr companies, a most distatsteful enterprise in the US.  As Dominique investigates, the path leads to a personal visit and a seasonal outcome.

 

The Case History

 

Madame and Penelope hold a review of a recent case, in order to ascertain the usefulness of a new recruit to their organisation.

 

Debt Repaid

 

In her long and illusttrious career, Madame X has often had help from unexpected quarters, and offered to repay such help.  When she gets a call from one such person, it becomes a matter of honour for her to help recover her daughters, and deal with some rivals at the same time.

 

Party Politics

 

A Madame X story with a difference, as she 'invites' the candidates standing in the General Election for a chat about how she has helped avert problems in the past.

 

Bastille Day

 

When Madame X believes her personal security is at risk, not even the fact it is the French national holiday stops her from taking steps.

 

The Riddle

 

Dominique is asked by Madame X to investigate a leak - a trail which leads to a town called Carrington...

 

Hospital Trauma

 

Madame has dispatched a trusted associate to collect two very special guests from a hospital clinic...

 

A Business Arrangement

 

Penny and Lily are charged with snatching a peeress and her daughter - but why does Madame X want it to happen during a very public ball...

 

Our American Friends

 

The arrangements for some UK based Americans to celebrate Independence Day are put on hold, as Madame X fulfills a request...

 

Sara and the Madame's Mission

 

Sara Philips, girl detective, has never been lower - what will it take to make her return to snooping? Golavus offers the answer...

 

Watching Me Watching You - part 1

 

Madame X has come to New York to stop some distasteful business - but another group is interested in her target...

 

Watching Me Watching You - part 2

 

As Susan works with the Pussycat Gang, she goes through a life changing experience...

 

Internal Investgations

 

Like any large corporate organization, Madame's is subject to moles being slipped in - but whh she finds out...

 

On The Shop Floor

 

Madame sends Dominique to retrieve the contents of a safe - but she has to take someone with her to gain experience...

 

Welcome to NY

 

It's Susan's first night in her new apartment, and she gets a surprise gift - a visit from the Black Cat...

 

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof

 

As Dominique prepares to retrieve the files for Diana, another person is interested in the location - someone known as the Black Cat...

 

Rumours

 

Annie Kelly, the Black Cat, meets Madame and receievs an offer - one that leads to a reception and a home invasion...

 

Changes

 

What happens when the job in New York is done? This tells the next stage for Madame X and her organisation...

 

A Case of Identity

 

Lily is dispatched to investigate why a name is implicated in an art fraud - and discovers something bigger...

 

Coming Home

 

Susan and Penny - two trusted senior associates of Madame X, and both returning to where they grew up to confront their pasts...

 

 

Anna and the Prince of Siam

 

In New York and St Petersburg, the ladies work with Dom and others to solve a small business disagreement...

 

Coming Home - Jeannie

 

When Jeannie and House visit her old school in Harlow, she encounters three bullies - who then meet Lily and Madame's team...

 

Chinese Rules

 

A routine visit by one of Madame's teams leads to a person she really wants to find...

 

Respect and Response

 

Back in December 2014, Madame led a team on a very different visit...

 

Sister Sister

 

Two daughters of a Middle East diplomat are invited to visit The Farm...

 

 

Student House Blues

 

In one town, a student house has some surprise visitors...

 

 

The Costume Crime

 

She was taking her daughters to pick their Hallowe'en costumes - but there were other guests at the shop...

 

Coming Home - Lily

 

On a visit to her mother, Lily has to step in to save a neighbour ...

 

At Madame's Invitation

 

To meet a goal, Madame invites a family to stay...

 

Family Modesty

 

As the family is gathered, they wonder why they are being kidnapped...

 

Portrait of A Lady - part 1

 

Revealing, for the first time, how Madame X came to be the woman she is.  We start with a girl leaving home, a shocking act and the beginnings of friendships in adversity.

 

Portrait of A Lady - part 2

 

How did the young Shirley and her friends escape from their Master, and just why was Madame X in Paris as a younger woman?  More threads start to come together as the story continues.

 

Portrait of a Lady - Part 3

 

Reunions, reconciliations and a new beginning as the story of Shirley continues.

 

Portrait of a Lady - part 4

 

Revealed for the first time - the stories from Madame X's viewpoint, as well as the final fate of Sandy and the dawn of her darkest day.

 

Portrait of a Lady - part 5

 

Madame X is in very deep trouble - and her week from hell starts with hope, and then fear.

 

Portrait of a Lady - Part 6

 

Revealed at last - the reason Madame X owed a debt of honour to an ordinary suburban housewife.

 

Portrait of a Lady - Part 7

 

A short interlude to rest, recuperate and learn...

 

Portrait of a Lady - Part 8

 

A final showdown with Master, a bittersweet reunion - and changes are afoot...

 

Portrait of a Lady - Part 9

 

The story concludes, but with one more tale to tell - how Penelope met Madame X...

 

 

 

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